Poland – Krakow & The High Tatras

8 Days from £769 | September 769

Two of Poland’s most spectacular sites, Krakow and Zakopane, are brought together in this holiday of contrasts. Firstly, the medieval UNESCO-listed university city of Krakow, for centuries Poland’s capital, and hometown of Pope John Paul II. Your second base is Zakopane, Poland’s highest city, amidst the spectacular Tatra Mountains and situated 800m above sea level. Zakopane is famous for its unique wooden architecture, featuring pretty, wood-fronted, 19th-century villas with high, sloped roofs! Your journey between Krakow and Zakopane will take a little longer than you might have expected – you will spend 2-3 hours gently meandering through the Dunajec River Gorge on rafts! This will allow you to fully appreciate the rocky landscapes of the Pieniny Mountains. (Note: the coach continues with your luggage – if weather conditions dictate, or if anyone prefers, the land route by coach may be used).

Poland – Krakow & The High Tatras

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 81%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 3 nights bb Krakow, 4 nights bb Zakopane
  • Raft trip through the Dunajec Gorge
  • Walking tour of Krakow
  • Three varied guided walks, one near Krakow and two near Zakopane

DAY ONE: Flight to Krakow. On arrival you meet our representative and transfer to your hotel in Krakow for three nights bed and breakfast accommodation.

DAYS TWO AND THREE: Included half day walking tour of Old Krakow, also known as Stare Miasto. There is also an optional afternoon excursion to the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Walk 1: From Krakow there is also an included walking excursion. You travel by local bus for a 5-mile walk in the forested Ojcowski National Park, Poland’s smallest National Park, located 8 miles north of Krakow. Ascent and descent of 100m.

DAY FOUR: Today you travel to Zakopane, but instead of doing all the journey by road, you take 2-3 hours rafting gently through the stunning scenery of the Dunajec River Gorge, before arriving at Zakopane, in the heart of the Tatra Mountains. Four nights are spent here on a bed & breakfast basis.

DAYS FIVE TO SEVEN: In Zakopane, with two included guided walks.

Walk 2: You take the local bus to walk through the Koscieliska Valley, Przyslop Mietusi Pass and Malej Laki Valley to the Grzybowiec Pass at a height of 1330m. You then walk down the Strazyska Valley to Zakopane. The walk is about 8 miles with ascent of 500m and descent of 400m.

Walk 3: You travel out of Zakopane by bus to start your walk near to the Slovakian border. The walk follows a trail through Hala Gasienicowa alpine meadow (1500m) and then back to Zakopane. The walk is about 8 miles and with 550 of ascent and 600m of descent.

While staying in Zakopane you also have the opportunity to cross the border into Slovakia, Poland’s southern neighbour, on an optional excursion. The High Tatra Mountains straddle the Polish-Slovakian border, and you will be able to experience the fantastic scenery from a different perspective – the cable car from Stary Smokovec to the mountain town of Hrebienok, at an altitude of 1200m. There is the chance to take a walk along marked paths to the scenic waterfalls of the area.

DAY EIGHT: Free time until your departure transfer to the airport and your return flight home. Depending on flight times, there may be some time in Krakow en route to the airport.

Throughout the tour you are on a bed and breakfast basis. There is a wide variety of lunch and dinner options available in all price ranges in both Krakow and Zakopane.

If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, we also offer it with a touring programme.

Poland – Krakow & The High Tatras

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 81%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL WYSPIANSKI ***, Krakow (three nights)
The hotel is named after the famous Polish artist, poet and playwright, Stanislaw Wyspianski, who once lived in a house at the site of the hotel. It is located right in the centre of Krakow, the proverbial stone’s throw from the main square. Rooms are fully equipped with bath/shower, wc, hairdryer, satellite tv, telephone and radio. There is also a restaurant and a bar. (www.hotel-wyspianski.pl)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 73%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
HOTEL WERSAL ***, Zakopane (four nights)
This hotel is located in a quiet, yet central, area of Zakopane. It has 42 rooms with bath/shower, wc, hairdryer, satellite tv, radio and telephone. There is a restaurant offering both traditional Polish and international cuisine and a bar serving hot and cold drinks. (www.hotelwersal.pl)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 74%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking Holiday - Poland – Krakow & The High Tatras
Holiday code: 7WKZ
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £140
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

Belfast IntlTue 03/09/20198Easyjet10251645Fully Booked769Krakow140 (on request)0BFS17WKZD8

Doncaster ShefTue 03/09/20198Wizz Air20051930Fully Booked769Krakow140 (on request)0DSA17WKZD8

EdinburghTue 03/09/20198Ryanair16052200Fully Booked769Krakow140 (on request)0EDI17WKZD8

HeathrowTue 03/09/20198BA16452245Fully Booked809Krakow140 (on request)0LHR17WKZD8

Leeds-BradfordTue 03/09/20198Ryanair15452115Fully Booked769Krakow140 (on request)0LBA17WKZD8

London GatwickTue 03/09/20198Easyjet09251500Fully Booked769Krakow140 (on request)0LGW17WKZD8

LutonTue 03/09/20198Wizz Air08402035Fully Booked769Krakow140 (on request)0LTN17WKZD8

ManchesterTue 03/09/20198Easyjet12451835Fully Booked769Krakow140 (on request)0MAN17WKZD8

StanstedTue 03/09/20198Ryanair08551625Fully Booked769Krakow140 (on request)0STN17WKZD8

Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 17/08/2019 at 23:47:06

Our tour guide was superb; nothing was too much trouble for her and our walking guide was good humoured, patient and thoroughly competent in ensuring our safety as we tackled some pretty rocky trails.

Mr H, North Yorkshire

Hotel Wyspianski - location excellent. Nice hotel room was very clean. Zakopane the hotel is lovely, location, setting and service very good. The rafts on the way were great fun and an experience we shall not forget. Tour director excellent. Poland is a lovely country with friendly people.

Mr & Mrs B, Perth

Great guide and well organised.Thank you, we've really enjoyed our 1st holiday with PTS. The mixture of walking & city visits has been ideal for us & all your arrangements have been excellent, in particular our 2 local guides, Paulina & Peter, have been outstanding. Both have been friendly, knowledgeable, cheerful & enthusiastic. We're looking forward to travelling with PTS again.

Mr & Mrs S, Aberdeenshire

The best PTS holiday we have had (not that any have been poor). Hotels ideally located. Rooms at hotel Wyspianski were small but we felt adequate and the different traditions had a certain appeal. Courier was excellent and bed and breakfast arrangement in Krakow a much better option due to excellent choice of inexpensive restaurants nearby.

Mr & Mrs C, Lanarkshire

This holiday has been very worthwhile and we have received a high quality of care from the tour couriers. Hotel in Krakow was ideally situated whilst the Hotel in Zakopane was wonderful.

Mr H, Scarborough

I experienced an exceptionally well organised and executed trip. Guides were professional, Tour Director entertaining and looked after us very well. English well spoken. The Drivers were punctual and professional. The choice of hotels was great, perfect locations of both places. Thank you for organising a lovely holiday.

Mr & Mrs K, N. Yorks.

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